Mick Leonard – College Manager

Stephen ShorttBlog, College News

Our new College Manager should be easily recognisable to many of our students as Mick Leonard has been working with us here in Alpha for the last 12 years.

We are delighted to announce that Mick has taken over the helm as College Manager.

To get to know him a little better we put some questions to him so if you’re interested in finding out more about the inner workings of Mick’s mind, read on…

How long have you been teaching English?

Almost 13 years. I started in South Korea in 2005.

What do you do when you’re not working in Alpha?

I teach mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu jitsu to teens and adults at Spartan Training Centre. I like climbing (mostly indoors, it does sometime rain in Ireland), computers and painting. I also have a pop culture podcast that I host weekly with my good friend Ben. 👉🏼  |

Where’s your favourite place to relax in Dublin?

My house! If that isn’t available then I’d have to say Merrion Square. I used to live nearby, but I moved and I don’t get to go there as often as I used to.

Where’s your favourite place to eat in Dublin?

It changes all the time. Dublin has really got so many options these days. Recently I’ve been treating myself to ramen at The Ramen Bar every Monday for lunch.

What country/place is at the top of your bucket list?

That’s an easy one. I have traveled quite a bit, but I’ve never made it to Brazil. 🇧🇷

What’s the last book or movie you enjoyed?

The last movie I watched that I enjoyed was The Outlaw Josey Wales with Clint Eastwood. I don’t usually like westerns but it was recommended by a friend and I really enjoyed it.

What pets do you have?

I have two cats. Ed Sheeran and his younger sister Taylor Swift. Ask me questions about them if you meet me in person. I will gladly talk about them and show you pictures. For many hours. 👉🏼

This or That:

Text message or Phone call?

It depends. Usually text message, but not for something important.

Summer or Winter?

Winter. I have light hair and very pale skin. The sun is my greatest enemy.

Beach holiday or City break?

City break. I can survive for about five minutes on a beach before I catch fire like a vampire

Tea or Coffee?

That really depends. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

Car or Motorcycle?

When I was a younger man, motorcycle. Now, car. Safer, slower and much, much dryer.

Comedy or Horror?


Marvel or DC?

Marvel. I grew up with Spider-man and the X-Men, so they will always be my favourites. I also think that the current Marvel cinematic universe is an incredible artistic and logistical achievement.

Piercings or Tattoos?

In MMA I was the only person not to have a tattoo. That made me stand out more than having tattoos. I’m too much of a wimp for piercings.

Puzzles or Board games?

Board games. I prefer the social aspect.

Swim in the pool or the sea?

I can’t swim. So I suppose the answer is drown.

Steak or Chicken?

Why not both?

Facebook or Instagram?

I think Facebook might be on its last legs. So Instagram is where I spend most of my social media time these days. 👉🏼

Snow White or Cinderella?

I’ve never seen either. So let’s say Snow White.

Pasta or Pizza?

The eternal question! Usually pizza, unless I’ve just had a pizza. In that case, pasta.

Online shopping or Real world shopping?

Online shopping is so convenient and cheap. However, I really believe in supporting small and medium local businesses so recently I have been trying to spend more of my disposable income in real world shops